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Supreme Court decision on Hinzman & Hughey expected on THURSDAY NOV. 15th, 2007 The Supreme Court of Canada is expected to post its decision on whether or not it will hear the appeal by US war resisters Jeremy Hinzman and Brandon Hughey THIS THURSDAY at 9:45 am.
The decision will be posted at: http://scc.lexum.umontreal.ca/en/index.html (the case number for Jeremy Hinzman is 32112, and for Brandon Hughey it is 32111).
If the decision is negative, join protests in cities across the country. Check the event listings (Below) and take action!
If the decision is positive, we will celebrate right across the country – but there will still be much work to do to ensure that US soldiers who refuse to fight in Iraq have refuge in Canada. In TORONTO, join us at 7 p.m. at Grossman’s Tavern, 379 Spadina Avenue (at Cecil Street) for a ‘Leave to Appeal’ party.

 

URGENT ACTION!

On THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15 – in the event of a NEGATIVE decision by the Supreme Court of Canada in the appeal by US war resisters:
JOIN THE PROTESTS DEMANDING THAT the Canadian Government enact a provision giving refuge to US War Resisters
TORONTO:
Thursday November 15 5:00 P.M. Federal Court Building 330 University Avenue (just north of Queen St. W., Osgoode subway) OTTAWA: Thursday November 15 5:30 P.M. Human Rights Monument (corner of Elgin and Lisgar streets, just South of Laurier St).

CHECK BACK later for other locations…
KEEP UP THE PRESSURE on our politicians!

Now that two opposition parties – the New Democratic Party (NDP) and the Bloc Québécois – support a provision for asylum for U.S. war resisters, it’s time to put pressure on the opposition Liberals and the minority government of Stephen Harper to “Let them stay!”
Contact your Member of Parliament (M.P.) and these key members of government and lobby them to let the war resisters stay in Canada:
The Right Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister: Phone: (613) 992-4211 Fax: (613) 941-6900 E-mail: pm@pm.gc.ca
The Hon. Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration: Phone: (613) 954-1064 E-mail: Minister@cic.gc.ca
The Hon. Stéphane Dion, Leader of the Opposition (Liberal): Phone: (613) 996-5789 E-mail: Dion.S@parl.gc.ca
Michael Ignatieff, Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Liberal): Phone: (613) 995-9364 E-mail: Ignatieff.M@parl.gc.ca
The Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua, Opposition Critic for Citizenship and Immigration (Liberal): Phone: (613) 996-4971 E-mail: Bevilacqua.M@parl.gc.ca
And contact your own Member of Parliament.
To find your local M.P., by your postal code or by name: http://www.canada.gc.ca/directories/direct_e.html
KEY QUESTIONS TO RAISE:
– will you or your party support a provision that will allow U.S. War resisters to stay in Canada? – if yes, what will you do as a Member of Parliament to make sure this provision is adopted in the House of Commons? – will you meet with members of the War Resisters Support Campaign and war resisters themselves to discuss this issue in person?
KEY POINTS TO HIGHLIGHT:
– a recent poll showed that over 64.6% of Ontario residents think war resisters should be allowed to stay in Canada – including a majority of Conservative and Liberal voters. – Canada did not send troops into combat in Iraq because it was not sanctioned by the United Nations. Since we didn’t join the war, we should support the soldiers who refuse to participate in this illegal and immoral war. – U.S. war resisters face imprisonment, harsh treatment and even the death penalty if returned to the United States. No one should face this punishment and persecution for following international law and refusing to participate in violations of that law. – For LIBERALS, remind them of the Trudeau legacy of allowing Vietnam war deserters and dodgers to come to Canada. – For CONSERVATIVES, remind them that in the 2007 poll of Ontarians, 52% of Conservative voters said “let them settle in Canada.”
Please let the campaign know about your efforts – send us a report: E-mail: resisters@sympatico.ca
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It is more urgent than ever that we send a message to the Canadian government that Canada needs to welcome US men and women who refuse to participate in the illegal and immoral war in Iraq. There are three actions you can take today to help support the war resisters.

Petition Add your name to the petition calling for the federal government to make a provision to allow war resisters to stay in Canada. Initial signatories include June Callwood, David Suzuki, Maude Barlow, Shirley Douglas, Naomi Klein, Ann-Marie MacDonald, and many others. You can add your name at http://www.PetitionOnline.com/resister/petition.html. You can also download a hard copy of the petition.

Contact the federal government It is urgent that everyone who supports the right of US war resisters to stay in Canada immediately contact both Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Citizenship & Immigration Diane Finley and demand that they make a provision to allow U.S. war resisters to stay in this country.
– Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Fax 613-941-6900 Email pm@pm.gc.ca
– Minister of Citizenship & Immigration Diane Finley Phone 613-954-1064 (between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.) Email: Minister@cic.gc.ca Mail: The Honourable Diane Finley, P.C., M.P. Citizenship and Immigration Canada Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1L1

Write a letter to the editor Letters to the editor are an important piece of the public debate on this issue. The majority of Canadians opposed the war in Iraq and support the provision of sanctuary for US soldiers. Send a copy of your letter to the campaign to resisters@sympatico.ca.

 

Webmasters Note: Below is a copy of today’s (NOV 15th) response to the above.

SUPREME COURT DECISION ON WAR RESISTER APPEAL SPARKS CANADA WIDE MOBILIZATION

“POLITICAL SOLUTION FROM PARLIAMENT IS NOW TOP PRIORITY” – WAR RESISTERS SUPPORT CAMPAIGN www.resisters.ca

Today the Supreme Court of Canada decided to not hear appeals from US Iraq War resisters seeking refuge in Canada. In response to today’s decision, the War Resisters Support Campaign has announced plans to ramp up pressure for a political solution, calling for a provision from Parliament to allow resisters and their families to stay in Canada.

JOIN THE PROTESTS DEMANDING THAT the Canadian Government enact a provision giving refuge to US War Resisters
TORONTO:
Thursday November 15 5:00 P.M. Federal Court Building 330 University Avenue (just north of Queen St. W., Osgoode subway)

OTTAWA: Thursday November 15 5:30 P.M. Human Rights Monument (corner of Elgin and Lisgar streets, just South of Laurier St).

SUDBURY: Thursday November 15 5:00 P.M. In front of Federal Building Lisgar Street

VANCOUVER: Thursday November 15 5:30 P.M. Canada Immigration Offices 300 West Georgia St. (W. Georgia & Hamilton, Northeast corner of Library Square)

VICTORIA: Thursday November 15 5:00 P.M. Immigration Offices 800 block of Government Street (Government & Courtney)

NELSON: Thursday November 15 5:00 P.M. White Building (City Hall) 310 Ward Street

For more information on the case and how you can help please check www.resisters.ca or e-mail resisters@sympatico.ca

 

The date posted here is due to our website rebuild, it does not reflect the original date this article was posted. This article was originally posted in Yonip on November 15th, 2007

 

 

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